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Eastern California Museum

Address: 155 N. Grant Street, Independence, CA 93526
Phone Number: 760-878-0258
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects and information related to...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects and information related to the cultural and natural history of Inyo County and the Eastern Sierra, from Death Valley to Mono Lake. The museum's permanent exhibitions include Native American basketry and crafts, Norman Clyde, Water Wars, Manzanar, Mary Austin, farming, ranching, pioneer families, geology, and a rotating special exhibit each year. The Museum also houses about 27,000 historic photographs of the Eastern Sierra region.We also have a museum giftshop.

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Riverside, California
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542 reviews 542 reviews
168 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This may be a small museum, but they have excellent exhibits both inside and outside. Many old building have been moved to the grounds. Lots of old farm, water and mining equipment. Railroad exhibits too.

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44 reviews 44 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is a potentially fascinating museum. Unfortunately our visit was spoiled by a very loud, youngish female volunteer on the reception who chatted loudly to other staff/ visitors for a great deal of our time there.

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Walnut Creek, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Eastern California Museum is chock full of old pictures, machinery, historical plaques and tomes. We love swinging in here. The docents are incredibly informative and more than happy to go out of their way to answer your questions. Thank goodness the museum knew where the County pet cemetery was!

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Madera, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This place is a block off 395 and is a fantastic stop. I am sorry I have driven by a hundred times without stopping. Lady running it is wonderful. Book selection is the best.

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Mojave, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

A statement in the museum is certainly accurate when I visited the Eastern California Museum, Independence, CA...the heart of the museum's collection is the basketry which is one of the largest exhibits of Owens Valley Paiute-Shoshone and Death Valley Panamint-Shoshone basketry in the Nation. From cradleboards, to bows and arrows, then highlighted by the awesome Paiute beadwork, this accessible museum... More 

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Bakersfield
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33 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

Hubby and I figured a quick stop to see this museum-as soon as we walked in our mouths dropped open! What an amazing place! The most fantastic Native American basket collection I've ever seen! And in perfect condition! But that is only one part, there are so many wonderful artifacts-it's like going to a mini-smithsonian! Don't miss it!

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North Las Vegas, Nevada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

My wife and I stopped by this museum on a roadtrip. They have a large collection of native American baskets, whose workmanship and artistry are evident even if you are not interested in baskets. Lots of photographs and artifacts. Some of the minerals I had not even seem in the Smithsonian's collection. The dedicated staff are a national treasure in... More 

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Wiehle, VA
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230 reviews 230 reviews
36 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This is one of California's finest museums. This is a strong recommend! Allow several hours to explore not just the museum, but the "attic" out back!

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Newport Beach, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

If you want to stop while traveling along the 395 and learn more about the Sierra Nevada and Owens Valley, then make sure to stop by this free museum. It has exhibits indoors and outdoors, it's interesting, and worth your time. I recommend it!

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Wonderful collection of native american basketry and other artifacts, as well as a research library.

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